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Letters Working during short illnesses

Pressure to work during short periods of sickness should be seen in perspective

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5237
  1. Richard M Preece, consultant in occupational medicine1
  1. 1Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 4QJ, UK
  1. richardpreece{at}

Dew highlights presenteeism, the pressure to work during short term sickness.1 This important phenomenon must be kept in perspective.

All workers face health issues at times during their careers. Employers should invest in the health of their workforce to enhance performance and productivity. To cure presenteeism, first encourage action that enables employees to continue their …

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